Skip to main content
7:00 am
good morning, america. breaking news overnight from the earthquake zone. a second explosion and a third meltdown at japan's nuclear facilities. american troops offshore exposed to radiation, as officials struggle to contain the catastrophe. moment of impact. new images of the tsunami, rushing ashore. breaking through seawalls. rushing past airport security. washing away entire villages. and look at what the waves picked up and left behind. a ferry on a house. a bus on a rooftop. a toilet dangling from power lines. and the man who floated away from his house, clinging for
7:01 am
life. rescued ten miles from shore. >> this morning we're live in japan, with diane sawyer, christiane amanpour and david muir. and we ask the question, is this only the beginning of the devastation? and good morning, america. joining us is "world news" anchor, diane sawyer, is who is there in sendai, japan, where the scope of the destruction is staggering. aftershocks still rocking the region. >> dealing with two crises. humanitarian. and an urgent disaster, to avoid a nuclear emergency. there was a third partial meltdown overnight. 11 injured in the blast. and after american officials detected radiation onboard "the uss ronald reagan," it was moved
7:02 am
offshore. and nuclear experts still believe that the chances of a full-scale meltdown are remote. but the chances of a nuclear disaster, even worse than we feared. >> the death toll may top 10,000, with reports of thousands of bodies washing ashore. the disaster has also dealt a powerful blow to japan's economy. their stock market plunged overnight, as the government announced it would pump more than $200 billion into the economy. and we have new pictures for you to see. an aftershock this morning. when you see the images, you can see the power lines shaking in the snow. and the road splitting apart down below. again, this in this morning. we have a team of correspondents covering this massive disaster. and leading the way is diane in sendai. diane, we're seeing all these images. it's so hard to take.
7:03 am
can only imagine what it must be like for you to see it up close. >> well, robin and george, it's great to hear your voices. and it is nighttime, now, in japan. but to see it up close, here by day this, area is like traveling thaw strange moonscape. and you see cars actually impaled still on lampposts. and houses just like this one over my shoulder, lifted up. it was way away. lifted up and simply dumped here on its side. and as you mentioned earlier, there's all this uncertainty. the aftershocks woke us up every couple of hours during the night with the bed smahaking. but most of all, the nuclear uncertainty. everywhere we went today, went said to us, what is in control and what is not in control at the nuclear power plants. and david muir has been right there at the evacuation zone and reporting on this all day. so, david, take it off. >> reporter: diane, good to hear your voice. as you know, we're in koriyama,
7:04 am
west of the nuclear power plants. we discovered the most telling image for us, so far. entire families lining up, waiting to be scanned for radiation. these were the evacuees who were chased from their homes by the disaster. and just as we met these families, we also learned of that second explosion. it was a terrifying sight, playing out on japanese television, yet again. another hydrogen explosion at the same nuclear power plant in fukushima. this time, a different nuclear reactor. the government insists here that so far, the radiation levels are safe. and the containment vessel around the reactor is intact. there is growing concern here. even the pentagon has moved "the uss ronald reagan," repositioned it away from the fukushima plant, after helicopters flew through a low-level radiation plume. the hilos were flying 16 miles from shore when their sensitive detectors went off. on the ground, over 200,000 people have been evacuated.
7:05 am
and we discovered a line of families in the town of koriyama, waiting to be tested for radiation. teams, dressed in white, head-to-toe, with scanners to check everyone here. especially the most vulnerable. this little girl is scanned as she patiently waits for the all-clear. and this mother with her two children. they left their town behind. her little girl showed me her winnie the pooh. everyone is okay? they are okay. but the mother told us, it's been like living through hell. authorities here took us to the emergency command center. i can see you're all watching the monitor right now of the second explosion. not only helping families homeless from the earthquake. tonight, this room will be full. but now, two nuclear explosions, sending families fleeing for safety. that little girl, clutching her winnie the pooh. her mother told me, she doesn't know when, if they'll ever go
7:06 am
back to their town. and what an extraordinary number, while we were there one day alone, all of the families packed underneath that tent, there were more than 100 people that tested positive for radiation. and authorities on the scene told me they were taken to local hospitals for further testing. diane, back to you up north. >> david, we flew over today -- we flew over your location. and the helicopter we were in, had to detour around because of the concern of the circumference of the zone that you are in right now. and we're thinking a lot about all those people. but to travel by helicopter, then by car, was to face the reality of what's happening up here on the ground. we've been traveling all morning long. here it is, the savage effects of this water, coming across the seawall. the floodgates couldn't stop it. we're seeing the iconic scene like the airport.
7:07 am
desperately saw those women with their pink parasols on the roof. and the signs that said help, in english. and we're looking at the giant, giant puddles of water. it picked up all of those cars. once on the ground, we found ourselves in a kind of twisted sculpture garden. come with me, now, for one walk down one street and you'll see what we mean. the bookstore. not one car. not one truck. but three, all plowed in on top of each other. and you can see, it's layered. it's stacked, one upon the other. one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. you can't even count. how do they get like this? what kind of force? what kind of water? could do this? at one point, we stop at a shelter. remember, 2 million people in the country have been without power. 500,000 without water. families, bringing in even their cats. making the most of what little
7:08 am
they have. what happened to where you were living? >> translator: we slept like three nights in a car. >> reporter: in a car? where? >> translator: right outside. with the cat. >> reporter: with the cat. and on just one street, families gathered to clean up together. hello. trying to dig themselves out. and offering us some of the food when they had so little. you need the food. you need the food. >> translator: we are fine. we have enough for us. we want to share. >> reporter: thank you. incredible kindness. and incredible strength on the part of the people we met today. and we'll have more from japan, coming up later. and we'll introduce you to some
7:09 am
of the smallest japanese we met today. some of those who are refugees, survivors. and also, one child we think will make you smile and remember that every day is a great day to be alive. robin and george, back to you. >> it will be nice to have that smile. we're going to go to clarissa ward. she made it further north than diane. essentially ground zero of this disaster. and it is now a wasteland. she joins us from ishinomaki. >> reporter: good morning, george. well, as you can see behind me, there is literally nothing but blackness. that's because huge areas of japan is almost entirely without power. imagine you survive an earthquake. then, you survive a tsunami. and then, you're alone with a destroyed home and nothing but darkness.
7:10 am
it gives you a sense of just how frightening it is. on the journey to the most devastated area of japan, the roads are eerily quiet. cars desserted on the roadside. houses, entire villages deserted. with all of the aftershocks, our translator is scared to join us on our drive up north. we're armed only with a few japanese phrases. where were you when the tsunami happened, i asked this woman? i was here, she says. it came and washed everything away. pushing further north, the landscape looks more and more like a wasteland. the air reeks of death. it's hard to believe, but just a few days ago, this was actually somebody's home. looking around, it's obvious to see there was a family living here. we have canned fruit. some slippers. and what looks like a children's
7:11 am
toy. a little hello kitty kit. and one would ask to have one's self, what happened to the family who lived here? it wasn't long before we found out. a neighbor and her daughter returning to survey the damage. my friends died, she tells me. so many people i know died. now, we've been trying to push further north. but what we're hearing from authorities here is that it's just not possible because landslides have literally come down over that road, completely blocking it. and you can imagine what that means for those stranded survivors. robin? >> we do, clarissa. that's part of the reason why japan's prime minister said the country is facing its worst rye sis since world war ii. rescuers search for survivors as the death toll mounts by the minutes. the u.s. and other countries are rushing search squads in to help. our christiane amanpour is just
7:12 am
outside of tokyo with this side of the story. christiane? >> reporter: robin, exactly that. race to find survivors. we spoke about it today in tokyo at the prime minister's office. they told us they have doubled the number of japanese self-defense forces. and we asked one of the officials in the prime minister's office, how many towns and villages may have been destroyed, that person just burst into tears. it was really very poipoignant. and still, there are incredible stories of survival. this man waited on top of what's left of his home. more than 48 hours later, the 60-year-old man's prayers were answered. floating nearly 10 miles off the coast of fukushima, he clung to the roof of his home, waving a red cloth. relieved to be rescued.
7:13 am
though, sad his wife did not survive. she's been swept out to sea. across these coastal towns, people clung to rooftops, spelling out s.o.s., and waving umbrellas, hoping to attract the helicopters. south of sendai, someone notices a hand barely moving in this car. they yell for the search teams. they rush to the car to find not just one, but three elderly people, trapped in this vehicle for 23 hours. the tsunami had covered it in mud and debris. >> she was washed away by the waves. and she was afraid. >> reporter: this woman clung to a tree. and then, grabbed a floating floor mat and was swept inland. she says the turbulent waters kept her swirling around for hours. >> she says her daughter was washed away with her but has not been found. >> reporter: we found the only way to reach the disaster area
7:14 am
safely by helicopter is to fly inland, around the nuclear evacuation zone. the japanese red cross has also mobilized for relief and rescue operations. we visited the command center. and it sits all the way down the coast, doesn't it? and all the way up. >> yeah. and from the top and to the end. >> reporter: from the top to the end? >> yeah. >> can you cope with caring for the whole coast? >> this is beyond our imagination. >> reporter: and now, they're saying that they're desperately trying to get to the coastal areas. they're also worried about the weather deteriorating and hampering efforts. back to you, george. we're going to get more perspective on the nuclear disaster, from the men who have become our in-house experts. michio kaku. and let me try to get a scale on
7:15 am
this disaster. this has been day four with chernobyl, being a seven. what does that mean? >> i think we're going to raise the classification to maybe a six very soon. think of a car spinning out of control. you hit the brakes. the brakes don't work. the backup systems don't work. the radiator begins to blow up, like we've seen on television. and your gas tank is about to explode in flames. what do you do? you ditch the car. you run the car into a river. and that's what they're doing now. >> the sea water. >> let's say this is the reactor vessel. and this is 12 feet of superhot uranium that has to be covered with water at all time. this is the backup system. in case of an accident, you dump water on the fact it could be uncovered. now, the electricity is out. you can't use the water. so, the last-ditch effort is sea water. you take sea water from the pacific ocean, dump it desperately, hoping to cover the core. now, we now know the core was,
7:16 am
uncovered. unit three, perhaps up to 90% of the core was, in fact, uncovered. >> you have three partial meltdowns going on right now. everything i've read, every expert we've consulted so far, says the chance of a container that it will meltdown are small? >> no. so far, keep your fingers crossed. the vessel is still holding. that's what we are depending. apparently, there is a leak on the bottom of unit three. as they dump sea water in, it bleeds out of the bottom, we think. >> joe, what should we be watching for the next 12, 24, 36 hours? and when will we know when we're out of danger for the meltdown? >> unfortunately, i think this is going to go on for quite some time. one of the two scenarios is a complete meltdown. >> you think that's possible? >> it's possible.
7:17 am
it's possible at multiple reactor sites. the best-case scenario is a shutdown. we thought that was happening yesterday. we get control. and now, we have a third scenario that's unfolding this morning where we're looking at possibly an extended period of this crisis. neither meltdown nor shutdown, preventing radioactive gases. meaning that the large part of the countryside could remain uninhabitable for weeks or months. >> the white house doesn't seem to be in a red alert status. is that being too complacent? >> the japanese are some of the best in the world at this. but nobody's been prepared for this kind of thing. a double-blow. we are beyond a reactor crisis at this point. this is a nuclear system crisis. the entire northern part of japanese nuclear power system has been delivered a body blow. can they contain it? if they can, can they restore
7:18 am
electricity? 11 reactors have been knocked out. five are at critical condition. even if they can do that, can they restore the faith of the japanese people, in a nuclear power industry, that provides 30% of the electricity. >> we'll have both of you back here tomorrow to get the latest. let's go to sam. >> we're going to deal with the aftershocks. it causes more damage and stops any rescue effort going on. recently, we had two as powerful as 6, off the coast where the earthquake was. aftershocks since the main earthquake, two at 7. look at 5. some estimates is that there's 275 aftershocks since the earthquake that are greater than 5. but if you go to 4, there's some estimates that there's been more than 400 aftershocks in that zone. when an earthquake this powerful happens, some amazing things happen on the planet. the earth's axis shifted off by about 6 1/2 inches. the day shortened by 1.8
7:19 am
microseconds. japan shifted eight feet. eight feet. start here and go one, two, three, all the way over here. by the time year here, it's eight feet. some estimates are that areas of japan shifted 12 feet. and the island itself dropped about two feet. we're talking about flooding going on through the northeast, after a very heavy weekend. actually, was friday into heavy rain. and this weekend continued the flooding. 24 river gauges at moderate flooding. that will take until tuesday for the river gauges to go. there's more rain from little rock, to nashville, to memphis.
7:20 am
all of america's weather in the next half hour. robin has some incredible pictures. i do. riveting pictures have been coming in after the tsunami in the pacific. a massive wall of water that rose as high as 30 feet,
7:21 am
swallowing up parts of japan. throughout the seaside cities of the north, stunning devastation. at the sendai airport, it took only 30 seconds for water to overtake the runway. soon after, the 16-foot airport tunnel overflowed. filling with cars, small planes and bodies.
7:22 am
not just the sights, but the sounds, as well. coming up, more on the disaster in the pacific, through the eyes of its youngest survivors.
7:23 am
you know rheumatoid arthritis means pain. but you may not know it can also mean destruction. not just of your joints, but of the things you love to do. and the longer you live with the aching, swelling, and stiffness, the closer you may be to having your favorite things... taken away from you. but you can take action today. go to for your free joint profile so you can better talk to your rheumatologist about protecting your joints. wonder where the durango's been for the last two years? well, it toured around europe,
7:24 am
getting handling and steering lessons on those sporty european roads. it went back to school, got an advanced degree in technology. it's been working out -- more muscle and less fat. it's only been two years, but it's done more in two years than most cars do in a lifetime. ♪ good morning [ male announcer ] there are sixteen fresh-picked oranges squeezed into each carton of tropicana pure premium and absolutely no space for added sugar, water or preservatives. tropicana -- we put the good in morning.
7:25 am
7:26 am
now maryland's most powerful doppler radar and the forecast certified most accurate by weatherate. good morning. 7:26 of the and temperatures just above freezing. wove got subfreezing temperatures and a fair mix of
7:27 am
clouds. 38 up towards york, pa and there's a hint of snow across central pa and maybe flakes add together cloud on the north side. no major issues. the storm will be our major issue. it had track to the northwest and keeps us on the warm side. but it will start to spread in rain for us by tomorrow afternoon. and then we will watch that dump in heavier rain on wednesday. until then, today, we go the other way. we start with the clouds and end with sun and a high near 50. here kim with traffic. >> reporter: thanks. along the beltway we have a disabled vehicle coming from northbound harford road on to the inner loop partially blocking that merge ramp. that's causing minor days in that area. but -- delays in that area. going to the maps, an accident downtown baltimore at mlk and fayette street. dundalk a crash at wise avenue and crash on crane highway and johns hopkins road. here's megan with the morning news update. >> thanks. it's 7:27. good morning. the final vote on the
7:28 am
redistricting plan is speced -- expect tonight. board made changes at the meeting and wanted parents to take a look at the changes that included the boundary line for youth benefit elementary and up to thein green. it would allow more students to stay at both schools. the board meeting start tonight at 7. we will be there so you can watch abc2 news at 11 to find out what happened. we are out of time. now back to "good morning america" have a great day.
7:29 am
7:30 am
these are the latest pictures from the center of the earthquake zone. people struggling to clean up, every hour that goes by. more devastation revealed, across japan. especially in its hard-hit north. there's survival stories, too. officials race to prevent a nuclear emergency. and we say good morning. we are joined this morning with robin roberts in the studio. diane sawyer in japan. >> you could tell how moved she was by the gentleman who was offering her food. had so little to give. but wanted to share. coming up, there's
7:31 am
approximately 160,000 american citizens in japan. in a moment, you're going to hear their firsthand account of what it was like to live through this unprecedented disaster. >> unchartered territory. three, major earthquakes in the pacific. a lot of concern. could it happen on our pacific coast? and are we prepared for it if it comes? first, we go to diane on the ground in sendai. diane? >> reporter: george, every place we travel, we run into so many children. and, of course, it's from the devastation that we see them being taken in by some of the aid organizations, coming to help. but also, just standing with their mothers, for three hours in line, at a grocery store, just to get a little water and rice. so, we thought we would examine more closely who they are and what they'll remember. they are the tiniest survivors. some of them will remember. it's not the devastation.
7:32 am
the way it made everyone around them feel. this child, inconsolable. a massive wave engulfed her town on friday. so many toddlers plucked from the rubble by rescue workers. and raced into the amples of their mothers, who had been terrified. fire crews airlift this baby here, to sendai, where the death toll so far is 300 and counting. the homes, the schools, the world the children knew, washed away, in seconds. and some have no one left behind, like this tiny survivor, now dependent on the care of the red cross in miyagi. but these, the lucky ones, face a new reality. to find shelter with their families and water and food. you had your lunch? you make it here? some of them had time for even
7:33 am
the furriest members of the family. and all through the town, stretching to infinity, we saw families waiting two, three hours for basic staples like water or rice. the stores, rationing the food they have left. what do you have in your refrigerator at home? >> totally empty. >> reporter: empty? totally empty? so much to fear. even the white suit-clad radiation scanners. imagine how they look to a child, living near that damaged nuclear power plant. but back in the food line, a tiny one whose giggle reaffirms the joy in life. laughing at the strange woman with very light hair from a very distant land. and her giggle, her smile, was the light in our day.
7:34 am
george and robin, so many children. and again, we can only imagine what someday this will mean to them. back to you. >> it was nice to see that smile. >> we needed that giggle. thank you, diane. the state department says it has had hundreds of inquiries for americans looking for loved ones in japan. wade ramsey is an american teacher who lives in sendai. he joins us via skype. thank you very much. you are concerned, we all are, about friends and colleagues misses. what's the latest, as far as you here, the search for them goes? >> earlier today we had good news from someone traveling near sendai. and he ran into four of our friends. amanda, david, scott and christine. and they seem to be in good health and spirits.
7:35 am
but right now, the power's still out. there's no way we can have correct contact with them. we're lucky that our friend could text message us the message. >> that is such great news. i know we've been talking to amanda's father. and just to hear that someone has seen her, sent you a text, is incredibly encouraging, wade. i know you've lived there a few years now. can you tell us the moment of the earthquake, what that felt like for you? >> the moment the earthquake hit, i honestly didn't know like the size of it. for the past two days before it, we had been having some small earthquakes. but as soon as the earthquake was going for longer than 30 seconds, i knew it was kind of a big earthquake. so, the first thing in my mind was to get under a door archway, you know, for safety.
7:36 am
after that, i just kind of watched what the other japanese teachers were doing. once i saw them leave the building, i followed after them. >> you grew up in california when you were younger. so, you knew where to get when something like that hits, right? >> that is correct, yeah. at my elementary school, in 29 palms, california, we did some earthquake drills there. >> to be so prepared. and tell us about your current situation. your apartment, where you are now. do you have enough food? water? supplies? >> right now, i'm in my current apartment. but we have electricity here. so water. so, i've been staying at my friend's apartment. he has water and electricity. but still, no gas. we don't have hot water. food-wise, we've been -- a couple of us, we kind of worked out a system where a couple of us would go, search for friends or any in corners in sendai,
7:37 am
that we could to help them out. and a couple of us would go to convenient stores or grocery stores, to collect food to survive off of, the next couple of days. >> glad you have the supplies that you do. and that you have your friend there's. how are you getting the information? how are you knowing what's going on? >> the internet is such an amazing thing. i mean, for a while, when we didn't have electricity, i was just using my phone. i have a smartphone. and it was, you know, the only way i could, you know, know what's going on. i didn't even know the damage that was caused by the earthquake, until i got home and got on the internet. you know, did some research. >> wade, we're glad. i'm sure your family is happy to see that you are safe and sound. appreciate you sharing your story with us. and please, do take care. please do. thank you, wade. >> thank you. >> all right. and the devastation there in japan has left hundreds of
7:38 am
thousands of people homeless, waiting for help. now that temperatures are dropping much in the affected region in japan, there are new concerns about the dangers of hyperthermia. sam will have more on that. we heard christiane talking about that, how it was hampering rescue efforts. >> christiane said that weather was about to make things worse. she's right. let's set up the weather patterns here. you look at the island of japan. you think about the northern area. you talk about sendai. sendai's weather is a little like washington, d.c.'s weather. you look down here and tokyo's right there. tokyo is on average, about like raleigh, north carolina's, weather. we have an area of high pressure dropping in out of russia. there's cold air behind it. look at the temperatures in sendai. 25, 28 degrees. morning temperatures below the freezing mark. and worse this, area of low pressure, starts dragging up towards the north. that brings snow into this
7:39 am
region. snow, where they're trying to get into where the earthquakes were and where the tsunami was. it becomes critical to talk about what the cold does to your body. that brings hyperthermia, when your body level drops down to 95 degrees. that leaves your heart here with the only place that has warm blood pumping in. and all your extremities, like your arms, your legs and your brain, starts to shut down because of all of the cold air. as for the nation in america, we have heavy rain that's moving through the center of the country. we'll talk about that in the settle in with us this morning. here's what's ahead on the "gma morning menu." when you see an disaster like
7:40 am
this in japan, somewhere in the back of our mind it goes, we have earthquake. what could happen here? japan's new energy emergency. what did we learn about radiation exposure that we didn't know before? and the real-life google search. the lifeline helping americans desperately looking for people in japan. [ female announcer ] we asked coffee lovers to come and try coffee-mate's new cafe collection flavors. then we asked them to show us how the taste inspired them. ♪ express yourself [ female announcer ] introducing new rich caramel macchiato. ♪ express yourself [ female announcer ] indulgent white chocolate caramel latte. ♪ oh, do it [ female announcer ] and creamy cafe latte. ♪ express yourself [ female announcer ] add your flavor... with coffee-mate, from nestle.
7:41 am
[ female announcer ] add your flavor... how are you getting to a happier place? running there? dancing there? how about eating soup to get there? campbell's soups fill you with good nutrition, farm-grown ingredients, and can help you keep a healthy weight. campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. that's what's incredible about quaker oatmeal squares. a single serving has 46 grams of whole grains. that's 96% of your minimum whole grain needs for the day. are you kidding me? they fuel you up to start your day right... and they taste great.
7:42 am
♪ amazing mornings start with quaker oatmeal squares. so come on, get up and get going. ♪ [ female announcer ] smooth. like you've never felt before. ♪ touch of smoothness body wash with new hydra iq, nivea's latest breakthrough in skincare technology. provides moisture throughout the day with no greasy feel. beautiful moments are born in the shower. with touch of smoothness. look for new hydra iq in a variety of scents. nivea. touch and be touched. ♪ good morning [ male announcer ] there are sixteen fresh-picked oranges squeezed into each carton of tropicana pure premium and absolutely no space for added sugar, water or preservatives. tropicana -- we put the good in morning.
7:43 am
tropicana -- in the last year, we've seen three, major earthquakes in the pacific. the most powerful, of course, this one in japan over the weekend. but also in chile, and new zealand. that has a lot of experts concerned that one could be triggered on our own pacific coast. want to talk about that with
7:44 am
dr. michio kaku. the one we could get about a 9.1 earthquake around the aleutian islands. >> that's right. the second-largest earthquake, in recorded history, off the coast of alaska. and it could send a tidal wave, 15 feet tall, that could hit los angeles. >> and there's a concern right off the pacific coast. >> in 1912, we had another earthquake. and the potential here is within a few minutes to five hours, a wall of water 15 feet tall could hit los angeles and go 2 to 3 miles inland. >> let's look at what that would mean for los angeles. what kind of destruction we would see if there was an earthquake first. >> let's say we have an 8.0 earthquake, smaller than the one that hit japan. >> right on the san andreas fault. >> right on the san andreas fault. and according to the geological survey, the damage would be catastroph
7:45 am
catastrophic. downtown los angeles flattened. 15% of tall buildings are at risk. and could, in fact, collapse. >> does that mean we're not as well-prepared as the japanese in tokyo? >> exactly. the japanese are world's best in terms of preparing for earthquakes. look at what happened to kobe. look at what happened to sendai. and look at the casualties in los angeles. 3,000 dead. up to 50,000 injured. and the fires, 6,000 to 7,000 raging fires out of control. remember that in san francisco in 1906, my grandfather witnessed it. fires caused more damage than the earthquake itself. >> and there's also the concern of a tsunami. and what that would mean for the areas around los angeles, starting with l.a. harbor. >> l.a. harbor would experience the worst case of damage in case of tsunami. a wall of water going two to three miles inland. santa monica would not experience as much damage
7:46 am
because of the geometry. but orange county, new port beach, would receive massive flooding. >> we're talking about whole areas being flooded. and some of the areas are very wealthy. and very vulnerable. i wouldn't buy beachfront property there. >> dr. kaku, thank you very much. a sobering prediction there. we ask you if you think the u.s. is ready for the disaster or not? 92% of you said no. we're going to come back with diane sawyer. more from her from japan. and more on the unfolding drama. [ male announcer ] those with frequent heartburn
7:47 am
imagine a day when we can eat what we want and sleep soundly through the night. prevacid®24hr prevents the acid that causes frequent heartburn all day, all night. tough being the only girl. aw, there's the man of the house. who's this ? this is rufus. hey, rufus. he's actually pretty talented. you wanna see him do a trick ? ok. hey rufus. who do we love ? we love our bank. we love our bank. we love our bank. we love our bank. yes, yes. you really love your bank don't you. ally bank customers love our 24/7 customer care that allows you to talk to a real person anytime. ally. do you love your bank ?
7:48 am
there are milestones that no parent wants to miss. let's see, there's first steps. first words. first time riding a bike without training wheels. and the first vacation memory that will last till roughly... forever. now, there's a first. tell us what you've always wanted to do, on facebook. [ ship horn blows ] ♪ good morning [ male announcer ] there are sixteen fresh-picked oranges
7:49 am
squeezed into each carton of tropicana pure premium and absolutely no space for added sugar, water or preservatives. tropicana -- we put the good in morning. tropicana --
7:50 am
with so many it's hard to see the difference. but this is the way most dentists choose. fact is, more dentistsse an oral-b toothbrush than any other brush. trust the brush more dentists and hygienists use...oral-b. japan's stock market plunged today. the world's third-largest economy reeling from the catastrophic events you just saw friday. companies from toyota to sony, shutting down their manufacturing plants. and our weekend anchor, bianna golodryga, joins us with the latest of the economic impact. it's hard to have the discussion, when we're seeing the loss of life. but it is a component to the story. >> reporter: it is important. diane began at the stop of the story, it is the uncertainty.
7:51 am
what's going to happen with the nuclear power plants. the market hates uncertainty. we keep saying that. that is the key point here. we're seeing a lot of the stocks, major stocks, sony, toshiba are halted. they're trying to halt the stocks. a lot of the plants say they're going to close their plants until the 16th. that affects us here in the u.s. because we impart a lot of things from japan. and you have to pay attention to oil prices. watch what's happening in the middle east and what's happening in japan. you don't want to be insensitive here. but in the end, months and years on-end, this may be beneficial to the japanese economy because they have to rebuild. they will rebuild. and they will rely on u.s. companies, like caterpillar and u.s. manufacturing companies. you'll eyes are on what's happening there now. >> and the government there, infused a lot of cash.
7:52 am
>> reporter: the bank of japan injected $250 billion, to ensure and tell people at home, they are going to have money. the banks will be okay. and that will all end up having to work out fine. but a terrible situation right now. >> bianna, thank you very much. just ahead, breaking news from japan, on a possibly nuclear meltdown. we'll have a live report and much more, ahead. ♪ [ water running ] [ indistinct talking on television ] hola padre. hola. [ male announcer ] you do everything so they're at their best. so start their big days with the incredible protein. eggs.
7:53 am
[ guy #2 ] so before they come to their senses, we're stocking up. this is our best idea ever! [ male announcer ] pizza hut's world-famous pan pizza is now just ten dollars. any pan pizza. any size. any toppings. only ten bucks. add pepsi and breadsticks for just five dollars more. only at your pizza hut. the cream disappears but your wrinkles don't. ♪ introducing neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair. it has the fastest retinol formula available. in fact it's clinically proven to smooth wrinkles in just one week. so all you have to do is sit back and watch your wrinkles go away. new rapid wrinkle repair. from neutrogena®.
7:54 am
wonder where the durango's been for the last two years? well, it toured around europe, getting handling and steering lessons on those sporty european roads. it went back to school, got an advanced degree in technology. it's been working out -- more muscle and less fat. it's only been two years, but it's done more in two years than most cars do in a lifetime. ♪ good morning [ male announcer ] there are sixteen fresh-picked oranges squeezed into each carton of tropicana pure premium and absolutely no space for added sugar, water or preservatives. tropicana -- we put the good in morning.
7:55 am
7:56 am
now maryland's most powerful radar and forecast certified most being a ret by weatherate. >> good morning. we have a little bit of sun a lot of clouds trying to hang on. 36 in annapolis and 36 up towards hereford and 41 on the thermometer in edge mere. through the disturbance to the north producing snow across the poconos. central pa and flake as far south as harrisburg or york but pretty much that's going to provide with us morning clouds and you are watching sunshine in the eastern shore. it's a different story on this side of the bay and we will watch the larger storm that charges in the direction tomorrow night and on in
7:57 am
through wednesday. until then we go the other way morning class giving way to more sun this afternoon high of 50. let's see what's happening on the traffic front here is kim. >> reporter: thanks, justin. we are looking live at 95. just north of the white marsh boulevard and traffic actually moving not terribly and it's not too bad on the 59 corridor. however-- 95 corridor. but it's a different storey. 9 minute delays around the outer loop toward the baltimore national pike. and the top side of the outer loop slow from harford to charles street. looking at the maps, we have an accident in anne arundel county that's the westbound lanes of route 100 approaching ritchie highway no reported lane blocks. baltimore silty -- city an accident and towson a crash at loch raven boulevard plus we have water main issues at baltimore and alganey avenue it's open but you will see some cones and such in the travel lanes. be aware of that but we are seeing a little slowdown on the jfx southbound from ruxton to
7:58 am
north avenue it's reported to be stop and go. stay with us. now back to up to new york formore of "good morning america."
7:59 am
how's it going in there, hon? um, almost ready. [ car alarm blaring ] [ blaring echoes, fades ] oh! [ male announcer ] relax. pam helps you pull it off. [ male announcer ] relax. ["stir it up" playing] stir up a smile with hershey's syrup.
8:00 am
good morning, america. breaking news overnight from the earthquake zone. a second explosion and a third meltdown at japan's nuclear facility. troops exposed to radiation, as officials struggle to contain the catastrophe. moment of impact. new images of the wave rushing ashore. breaking through the seawalls. rushing through the airport terminal. washing away entire villages. and just look at what the waves picked up and left behind. a ferry on a house. a bus on a rooftop. a toilet dangling from power lines. and the man who floated away from his house, clinging for life, rescued ten miles from the
8:01 am
shore. this morning, we are live in japan, with diane sawyer, christiane amanpour and david muir. and we ask the question, is this only the beginning of the devastation? the pictures say so much. good morning, america, again. we're joined by "world news" anchor, diane sawyer, who is in the earthquake zone in japan. >> the pictures keep on coming in. we have our team of on coming correspondents, about aftershocks. and another reported meltdown at another nuclear reactor. potential explosion there. >> so many people want to know what is the risk to those exposed to the radiation and those in other countries? and how do you know if you've been exposed?
8:02 am
untold numbers and unaccounted for, we're going to look at americans in a desperate search for loved ones there in japan, are clinging to a critical, new lifeline, online. always been so much criticism about the social network. >> it's a lifesaver. also, the supermodel who survived thailand's tsunami in 2004. and she clung for her life to a palm tree. she is here to talk about how it changed her life. and how she's helping others change thirds, too. look at the picture from the nuclear complex, so devastated. two explosions. you see smoke coming out after the first one. a second explosion overnight. and officials, more concerned than ever that a third explosion could now take place in another reactor that is overheating. david muir is following all of the developments from koriyama,
8:03 am
japan, david? >> reporter: george, good morning to you and robin. at the fukushima plant, there are three nuclear reactors. now, concerned this morning about nuclear reactor number two. that the fuel rods may have been partially exposed for a time. there's reports of that. and we know they're putting sea water on that to plant, as well. that's a real sign they've given up. they're trying to keep the reactor cool. as you point out, new images this morning about the sheer amount of damage at fukushima, to one and three. the two reactors that exploded. the image from the sky. and the scene playing out all weekend long here in japan. the last 24 hours was of this most recent explosion. people glued to their television sets here. and for the people living in the evacuation zone, to get away. and anyone else, just beyond the evacuation zone, to keep their windows closed and to stay inside. we discovered driving along the perimeter, the tent that was set up for many of the evacuees.
8:04 am
families getting in line to be tested for possible radiation. these are the people who left their homes because of disaster. they say they're likely not going back. and, robin, as i reported in the first hour here, more than 100 people in just 1 day alone, while we were there, tested positive for radiation. now, being tested further. >> david, thank you for your reporting. we know christiane amanpour is there, as well. she spoke with an american worker that was working in the plant that david was talking about. and christiane is just outside of tokyo. christiane? >> reporter: robin, you know, there's several dozen american workers who were at the fukushima plant. and they were refurbishing one of the reactors. we caught up with a couple of them, who are now in tokyo, trying to leave, after that experience. one of them agreed to talk to us on camera. not about the nuclear plant because he's prevented from doing so under his contract. but about the terrifying earthquake.
8:05 am
japan's worst earthquake and the tsunami that followed, dealt a blow to the cooling systems at the fukushima power plant. and 24 hours later, an explosion of the first reactor destroyed the outer wall. american, greg henderson, had just left the plant when the earthquake struck. now, he's at this tokyo hotel, trying to get out, after his harrowing experience. >> when i got to the hotel, it goes -- like a big smack up against the wall. i'm sits in a chair, about like this. and it just throws me in the chair to the floor. it keeps rumbling and shaking and everything. i look out the window and see what's going on. and i can tell the building's swaying back and forth. at that time, i started hearing cracking and everything. and i looked to the corner of the walls. and the walls were just shifting back and forth, up and down, cracking. and there's a split that goes
8:06 am
through the wall. and then, a look at the ceiling. the ceiling's cracking. and i'm sitting there going, well. do i sit here and ride it out? or do i try to get out? >> reporter: did you think you would survive? >> oh, yeah. i knew that. >> reporter: you knew you wouldn't die? >> i'm not dying in japan. i know that. >> reporter: tell me how you felt when suddenly this massive earthquake hit. >> well, i was in vietnam in 1970. and i was a young man then. and that's about how i feel and felt then and feel right now. in survival mode. you do what you got to do to make it through whatever you've got to make it through. >> reporter: so, even though he was scared, he is trying to get out now, along with about 40 of the other american workers. and before all of this happened, despite, now, the fears of the radiation, the terror of what might happen to this nuclear power plant, henderson told us that working at a nuclear power plant was not scary at all.
8:07 am
he said because of the huge safety regulations and the layers of security precautions, he felt very safe working in that plant. back to you, now, george. >> christiane, thanks. let's get more from michio kaku, our friend, physicist from the university of new york. this is coming in on facebook, from the vice chairman of japan's atomic energy commission. he looks at the number two reactor. it is also overheating. he writes, they continue to work hard to cover the fuel. let's pray again. concerned, now, this could explode, as well. >> that's right. the situation is getting worse by the hour. we haven't hit bottom yet. you realize that they're literally making it up as they go along. this is not in the textbook. flooding a reactor with sea water, turning a reactor into a piece of junk, hoping it will not explode. we now have reports that unit three suffered, perhaps, a 90% uncovering of the core. this is unprecedented since
8:08 am
chernobyl. >> but nuclear industry keeps saying the steel containers are designed to withstand any kind of a meltdown. >> yes and no. right now in unit one, it seems to be stable. they have sea water pouring over the core. in unit three, apparently there's a leak in the bottom. as sea water comes in, it flushes right out again. and water levels are fluctuating up and down, exposing the core. >> they're having a hard time getting the sea water in there and keeping it in there. >> they haven't stabilized the sea water yet. and they're hanging in with their fingernails. this is as close as we are to a full-scale meltdown. it's stable when you're hanging by your fingernails. >> thank you very much. i'm here with dr. richard besser because we want to know the effects on the body. >> when you're exposed to radiation, it's going to affect your entire body. there's three parts of the body that are affected most. the first is your g.i. tract, your gastrointestinal tract.
8:09 am
when you're exposed to radiation, it can cause damage to that tract, in the same way that someone undergoing cancer therapy, will have damage to that. nausea, diary arrhediarrhea. the second part is your thyroid gland. it makes a hormone that regulates many body reactions. in the long run, that will cause cancer. that's a reason why they give people the iodine tablets. >> what do the tablets do? >> instead of your body absorbing the radioactive iodine, it will use this instead. that will protect your thyroid from cancer. the third area is your bones. your bone marrow. inside your bones, that's where the body is making all of your components of your blood. your white blood cells that protect against infection.
8:10 am
your platelets, that protect against bleeding. >> are you coughing? what are you doing, knowing you are exposed to radiation? >> the earliest signs are those from your gastrointestinal tract. nausea, vomiting, fever, d diarrh diarrhea. that can look like the stomach flu. >> let's get to the risk factors right now. >> it's important to know what puts you at greatest risk. first, there's proximity. how close were you to the release of the radiation? the second factor is intensity. how much radiation was released? is there a barrier between you and the radiation? the barriers, even being indoors, can reduce the risk to you. and the third is the duration. how long were you there? from chernobyl, the iodine was not the big risk factor. that iodine fell on the grass. cows eat the grass and it was in
8:11 am
their milk. for the next months and years, children were drinking contaminated milk. and they had massive outbreaks of thyroid cancer. >> it was that manner. >> you'll see hear, the japanese will say, don't drink things or eat food from that area. >> if people have concerns? >> will put out tips. and i'll be tweeting all day, things you can do, to make sure you're not affected. >> rich, thanks very much. let's get back to diane in the earthquake zone. diane? >> robin and george, as you know, we came here by a combination of airplanes and helicopters and on long drives on uncertain roads. i have covered a number of disasters in my career. i never have covered a perfect storm of a quake, a tsunami and the nuclear fears, which caused us to have to circle around the long way, to get here in the helicopter, as we made our way to the north and to what was truly a stunning sight on that ground.
8:12 am
we've been traveling all morning long. here it is, the savage affects of the water coming across the seawall. the floodgates couldn't stop it. and we're looking at the places where the giant, giant puddles of left water swept in and picked up all of those cars. once on the ground, we found ourselves in a kind of twisted sculpture garden. come with me, now, for one walk down one street and you'll see what we mean. the bookstore. not one car. not one truck. but three, all plowed in on top of each other. and you can see, it's layered. it's stacked, one upon the other. one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. you can't even count. how do they get like this? what kind of force? what kind of water? could do this? at one point, we stop at a shelter. remember, 2 million people in the country have been without power. 500,000 without water. what happened to where you were
8:13 am
living? >> translator: we slept like three nights in a car. >> reporter: in a car? where? >> translator: right outside. with the cat. >> reporter: with the cat. and on just one street, families gathered to clean up together. hello. trying to dig themselves out. and offering us some of the food when they had so little. you need the food. you need the food. >> translator: we are fine. we have enough for us. we want to share. >> reporter: thank you. and again, we were astonished by the remarkable kindness and graciousness of people whose lives had been destroyed by what happened. and there's something about the japanese bow, that was very moving to encounter today, especially the people who would say thank you to us, for bringing their stories to all of you. so, robin and george, back to
8:14 am
you. >> yes. absolutely gracious. and diane will have much more tonight on "world news." she'll be, again, live from there. for other developing stories right now, let's go to juju at the newsdesk. good morning. >> good morning, everyone. there was a powerful explosion which ripped through a chemical plant north of boston, injuring four workers. the blast rattled homes eight miles away an ignited a fire that took two hours to extinguish. hazmat teams look for contamination there. passengers of a bus that had crashed said the driver was swerving before the crash happened. the driver claims a truck cut him off. 14 people died. six others are in critical condition. in the middle east, now, a major escalation in bahrain, where police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at anti-government protesters. troops from next door saudi
8:15 am
arabia are arriving to keep order. meantime, in libya, after days of bad losses, rebels take the city of brega from pro-gadhafi sources. the apple iphone is good at many things. but keeping time is not one of them. some of the device fell back an hour. the iphone had a similar trouble the last time when the clocks changed. that's the news at 8:15. george? robin? >> mine worked. >> actually change your clock yourself like that on your phone. >> i'm convinced george doesn't actually sleep. that's why he's here so early in the morning. sam? >> mine worked. it changed the time for me. but the alarms never changed. so, i didn't know to go in and change it. it didn't work this morning. it went off -- it was really nasty. let's show you what's going on. so many pictures in the area of japan, to show you the damage. we thought we would show you one or two zones in the before and after pictures.
8:16 am
first, look at the sendai airport region. two, great runways and a big airport building. that's before the tsunami moved through the area. take a look after. completely nothing there. everything covered in mud and water in that region. you go back to the yuriagi area. and lieu yough at the village. look at after the wall of water moved through there. after, before. even the farmland gone in that region. look at the flooding that will go on in america today. as the low pressure moves through and drives heavy rain down the mississippi and ohio river valleys. there's flood warnings from the last batch of rain. all the way through this region, everything you see in red and green, flooding going on. more rain, not good for the flooding area. a quick look at the northwest, where there's one or two scattered showers moving in. atlanta, 72.
8:17 am
more of america's weather in the next half hour. george? >> sam, thanks. you can follow us on facebook and twitter as we cover the disaster in japan. when we come back, we'll get into how social networks are becoming a lifeline for americans searching for their families overseas. your advertising mail campaign
8:18 am
is paying off! business is good! it must be if you're doing all that overnight shipping. that must cost a fortune. it sure does. well, if it doesn't have to get there overnight, you can save a lot with priority mail flat rate envelopes. one flat rate to any state, just $4.95. that's cool and all... but it ain't my money. i seriously do not care... so, you don't care what anyone says, you want to save this company money! that's exactly what i was saying. hmmm... priority mail flat rate envelopes, just $4.95 only from the postal service. a simpler way to ship.
8:19 am
i want you tonight! [ female announcer ] wish granted. lean cuisine has a fresh new bag. lean cuisine market creations steam meals. like new chicken poblano with tender white meat chicken, crisp veggies, in a savory cheddar sauce. new from lean cuisine. ...but my symptoms kept coming back... ...kept coming back. then i found out advair helps prevent symptoms from happening in the first place. advair is for asthma that's not well controlled on a long-term asthma medicine, such as an inhaled corticosteroid. advair will not replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. advair contains salmeterol which increases the risk of death from asthma problems and may increase the risk of hospitalization in children and adolescents. advair is not for people whose asthma is well controlled with a long-term asthma control medicine like an inhaled corticosteroid. once your asthma is well controlled your doctor will decide if you can stop advair without loss of control and prescribe a different asthma control medicine, such as an inhaled corticosteroid. do not take advair more than prescribed. see your doctor if your asthma does not improve
8:20 am
or gets worse. is advair right for you? ask your doctor. get your first prescription free. advair helps prevent symptoms. now, to the families ripped apart by the earthquake and tsunami. thousands of people are looking for missing loved ones.
8:21 am
with phone lines down, millions are going online to look for people. and facebook and twitter are becoming lifelines. >> absolutely, critical. when the phones went down, people turned to new media. twitter turned up with people looking for information on family members. the japanese turned to mixi, a social network used by millions there. we found people dramatically reunited using facebook. on that day, amid the chaos and confusion in sendai, this woman was teaching kindergarten. >> i was trying superhard not to have a breakdown. i was shaking. i was with these little kids. i kissed their foreheads. >> reporter: her husband, jesse, and their 3-year-old, jessica, were across town. >> you are punishing. >> reporter: with phone lines jammed, she turned to social
8:22 am
networking, facebook. jesse, where are you? what do i do? >> i was shaking. and my muscles were so sore from being tense nonstop. >> reporter: instinctively, her husband turned to facebook. jessica and i are safe. ika, stay away from the rivers. the bridges are not safe. >> we wouldn't have found each other for a lot longer, if it weren't for facebook. >> reporter: for tweets or photos, shared on ying from or tumbler. like julia here at home, desperate for word from her daughter, kate. >> i have my lifelines here. i have my bible, my phone, and my computer. >> reporter: google quickly launched a people finder service. already, it has more than 130,000 postings. i am your niece, akemi, writing one family member. yukio, yuri, call as soon as you
8:23 am
can. we caught up with her in new york. her two uncles, an aunt, and a dozen children and grandchildren, all missing. >> i want to get on a plane and go over myself. go door-to-door. >> reporter: her family, tormented by the silence. describe what you're going through. >> it's agony, not knowing. i wish somebody could tell us if they're in a shelter. whether they survived. whether they're alive. whether they died. >> reporter: and that story echoes for so many, as the waiting and searching continues. the red cross became a trending topic so quickly. once again, people trying to connect and reach out and help. >> you can follow all of this on twitter. when we come back. a single serving has 46 grams of whole grains. that's 96% of your minimum whole grain needs for the day. are you kidding me? they fuel you up to start your day right... and they taste great. ♪
8:24 am
amazing mornings start with quaker oatmeal squares. so come on, get up and get going. ♪ when you've lost interest in everything. when you've had one too many days feeling sad or anxious... aches and pains, fatigue. when it becomes hard to ignore that you need help. that's the day you do something. depression hurts. cymbalta can help with many symptoms of depression. tell your doctor right away if your depression worsens, you have unusual changes in behavior or thoughts of suicide. antidepressants can increase these in children, teens, and young adults. cymbalta is not approved for children under 18. people taking maois or thioridazine or with uncontrolled glaucoma should not take cymbalta. taking it with nsaid pain relievers, aspirin, or blood thinners may increase bleeding risk. severe liver problems, some fatal, were reported. signs include abdominal pain and yellowing of the skin or eyes. talk with your doctor about your medicines, including those for migraine, or if you have high fever,
8:25 am
confusion and stiff muscles, to address a possible life-threatening condition. tell your doctor about alcohol use, liver disease, and before you reduce or stop taking cymbalta. dizziness or fainting may occur upon standing. side effects include nausea, dry mouth, and constipation. is today your day? talk to your doctor... and go to for a free 30-capsule trial offer. depression hurts. cymbalta can help. the best approach to food is to keep it whole for better nutrition. that's what they do with great grains cereal.
8:26 am
they steam and bake the actual whole grain while the other guy's flake is more processed. mmm. great grains. the whole whole grain cereal. [ sneezes ] [ female announcer ] kleenex brand tissues are america's softest. no wonder people go out of their way to share them. ♪ [ sneezes ] ♪ ooh! ooh!
8:27 am
♪ [ sneezes ] [ female announcer ] go to for more fun ways to share. kleenex tissues. softness worth sharing. now maryland's most powerful doppler radar and the forecast certified most accurate by weatherate. >> 8:27. still dealing with clouds and temperatures are bumping up this hour. 34 in easton 37 in baltimore. still mid-30s to the northwest. we are watching farther northwest some snow piling across the twin tiers of new york and pennsylvania and may ride towards harris bushingburg. we should break out sun this afternoon. this next storm is rising to the northwest. and eat will give us half an inch of rain tomorrow night and wednesday morning. today morning clouds should give to afternoon sun. a high of 50. here's kim with traffic. >> reporter: traveling across the top side of 695 between
8:28 am
harford and charles street, a few extra minutes because of volume delays. but look at 695 on the west side it they have looks this good. zipping around pretty well make your way toward i-70 interchange. looking at maps, we have a couple things working including an accident in pasadena westbound route 100 approaching route 10 blobbing two left lanes. a gas main break blocking one lane on eastern avenue at mesa and we are dealing with an accident at east joppa and loch raven. here charley with your morning news update. >> thanks a lot. huge crowds expected in annapolis for a rally. unions opposing state pension reform will gather at statehouse. a major road in front of the capitol will be closed monday and the senate president is warning senators to get the to the session early. it's the same day they are expected to allow instate tuition for illegal immigrants. and we are about 30 minutes away from kicking off ms week on abc2 news. monies raised goes to the maryland ms chapter to the
8:29 am
annual fund raising event this week. kicking off this morning on "good morning maryland" at nine. back to new york for more of "good morning america" and we are back in a half-hour.
8:30 am
that tsunami hit with such ferocity on friday. driving away cars. rolling over entire towns. we're learning only this morning just how deep and wide the devastation is across northern japan. the death toll likely to climb into the thousands. it came in at speeds up to 500 miles per hour. >> see the waves like cresting like that. and they -- just some only had minutes. some had even less time to get to higher ground. many of us wonder, you know, what is it like to go through something like that. well, someone who does know that
8:31 am
is supermodel petra nemcova. she's going to join us to talk about her experiences as a survivor of the catastrophic 2004 tsunami. just keep a picture on that woman right there. she is resilient. she is a beacon of hope for people who have gone through something like that. and to see how she is able to go on with her life. and what she's going to change the lives. >> she's helped so many thousands since that 2004 tsunami. we want to go right now to an update on a story we brought you earlier in the program. we showed you that group of american teachers that had been separated in sendai. many of them had been missing. amanda ferris, was part of that group. we're joined by her father, roger ferris, who joins us from colorado this morning. we were able to report, roger, that ammanda had heard -- we heard that amanda was okay, according to one text message. have you heard anything from her
8:32 am
yet? >> no, i have not. we just got the facebook posting. and checked out the people that had put it up there and found they were both friends of hers. actually co-workers. >> that must have been comforting news. what are you doing now to try to get in touch with her? and what have you heard from others connected to her group? >> well, right now, there's not much you can do. it's nighttime over there. there's no power. so, everybody's without power. that's a problem with the internet. batteries are going dead and things like that. communications are really poor. very poor. >> you told our producers that amanda's been there for about three years. she knows that part of the country very well. >> yes, she does. >> and what more -- when was the last time you were able to speak with her? what kind of contact did you
8:33 am
have? >> she called on skype the 7th, i believe it was, friday evening. she calls about every weekend, unless she's going on one of her little trips around the country. and she stays in close contact with us on skype. >> the week before, there was another -- there was a tremor in the area around her school. did amanda ever talk to you about the kinds of precautions they were taking? the kinds of emergency procedures that were in place? >> yeah. she talks about they do earthquake drills and things like that. much like the american schools do fire drills, only much more often. and one of her facebook postings wednesday, last week, she said that as she was ending one of the class, she got to watch all of her students run under the desk for the 80,000th time for
8:34 am
an earthquake drill because of one of the tremors that took place. >> we hope those drills were part of what got her to safe ground. i know you've only heard from her friend so far. we hope you talk to her soon. and when you do, please call us back. okay, roger? >> i'm hoping to hear her voice some time in the near future. >> i'll bet you are. good luck with that. we're thinking of her and praying. >> thank you. let's go to sam champion with the weather. hey, sam. >> we're going to do one more round of before and after pictures. we've seen thousands of images. maybe tens of thousands of images come out of the zone. until you put the pictures back-to-back, you can't tell what the earthquake damage did. here's the beautiful town of sendai. a gorgeous beach. a town here. and plenty of farmland behind it. right after that earthquake and the wall of water, none of those buildings -- let me flip before
8:35 am
and after. buildings, lots of them. after, nothing. just dirt and mud. and the pardon meland that was there before, perfectly structured to be farmland, is unfarmable because of the water that moved in the region. the before and after, just devastating pictures. back at home, we have a good line of rain that moves in from little rock, to memphis, to nashville. shreveport, you're a part of that, as well. ten states, by the way, have flood watches and warnings in that region. there's a big warmup behind that rain. this is good news for a lot of folks. denver's going to 75 on wednesday. dallas at 73. phoenix is going to 91. this same pocket of warm air moves into new england. we think new york city may be 60 degrees before the week is over. and there's another heavier storm in the northwest, after a dry moment today. that will be big snow, mountain snow, and one inch of ra
8:36 am
all that weather was brought to you by kleenex tissues. robin? >> okay, sam. thank you. as we were telling you earlier, not many know what it's like to be caught up in the waves of a tsunami. supermodel petra nemcova was vacationing in thailand when a tsunami ran into her beachfront resort. unfortunately, her boyfriend was killed in the tsunami. and nemacova survived by clinging to a palm tree for eight, harrowing hours. and she's here now. you had to look down. and couldn't look at the picture right there. thank you very much. and i know this is very important to you because of the work you have been doing since going through the tsunami yourself. you saw the images in japan,
8:37 am
what was going through your mind? >> to see them on friday morning was horrifying. my heart was broken. and my love was going to everyone in japan. it's something so hard to imagine what they're going through. and i can imagine this because of my experience. and it's just so hopeless. >> when we see the images and just the waves, the destruction. can you describe for us the power that you felt from those waves? >> the power is so enormous. you feel powerless. you feel you can't do anything just to -- the before you fight, the more you lose energy and the less chance of survival. you have to try to stay calm. but there is a debris of broke trees and doors and everything is crashing on you.
8:38 am
and you are under debris, trying to catch your breath of fresh air. and you can't. it's something you cannot do anything about. the best thing for people to do is to try to stay calm. and alert. and that's something that can save your life. >> staying calm as best use can under those circumstances. i know that you also came here with us today. we're glad to have you here. to talk about the charity that you started after going through the tsunami. the happy hearts fund. it's not a first response organization. it's about what happens after a disaster like this. can you tell us a little bit more about the work you're doing with that? >> definitely. when natural disaster happens, it's amazing to see the unconditioned love coming in from every direction. and that helps the residents to stand up and start the healing
8:39 am
process. but once the support goes away, the resilience is weakened. and we see after the responders leave, there's a dark period before rebuilding starts taking place. and that can be two for up to ten years. that's where happy hearts comes in. we rebuild schools after natural disasters. that's the best way to help the healing process for children because it gives them normalcy. but not just children. it helps to elevate the whole community. if i could ask anyone to -- to take action for japan, is to help them now for the first -- every day is crucial now. to be there for the long run and have a sustained response because that's the way they can come back on their feet and go back to happy life. >> you bring up an excellent
8:40 am
point. when a disaster first happens, people are more apt to donate and more apt to take action. and then, we kind of go back to our lives and forget about how these lives have been forever changed. you've gone back to thailand, time and time again, to see the people there and the schools there. >> yes. we've been there many times for the happy hearts fund. we have built 50 schools. and we have presence in nine countries around the world where natural disasters happen. and we have amazing support and long-lasting support. it's important to think about those for the long run because they don't heal after six months. they need the support for years. the faster they get the support, especially for children, the less of a scar there is. and the faster they can heal from the trauma. >> i know you've been all around the world and here in the u.s., as well. i know some of the work that your organization has done down after katrina and helping the
8:41 am
children there. we're very grateful. and you also are an example to people that life does go on. that you can pick yourself up. we know on monday, you're going to be on "dancing with the stars." do you realize how powerful that's going to be for people who have been through a disaster to see you? >> i don't think i realized the whole extent of it. but i do think that we can overcome -- depending on what we focus on. and if we strive to make something good out of difficulty situation, can always learn some things. and we can always empower ourselves and others through it. >> you have done that. and you have shown us how to do it, too. petra, thank you so much. we know it was difficult to go back to that time. and you're going it for a purpose. bless you. thank you. for more on how you can help the devastated people of japan, go
8:42 am
to and find out how you can donate online or using your cell phone. coming up, a very special "your three words." the messages you sent us for the people of japan. prayers for japan. host: could switching to geico really save you 15% or more on car insurance? host: what, do you live under a rock? man: no way! man: hey rick check this out! anncr: geico. 15 minutes could save 15% or more on car insurance. that no small business should be invisible, so we decided to help a real small business make it easier for customers to find them. my name is elizabeth heinz, we're at isabella's boutique in rockville center, new york. do me a favor, and search for your business. alright. ♪
8:43 am
what did you find? nothing. i mean, if you don't have a website, you're basically invisible. [ male announcer ] 40% of small businesses don't have a website. but with verizon websites powered by intuit, it's so easy you can do it yourself, and so powerful it can make any small business more visible. add photos... and then, we'll hit "publish." i have a website?! you have a website. oh my gosh, i can't believe it was that easy. [ male announcer ] verizon can put your small business on over 100 search sites so customers can find you, with a personalized business e-mail address that connects with your site. visit me at [ male announcer ] small business owners, don't be invisible. call today and get a 6 month free trial of verizon websites powered by intuit, when you sign up for verizon's reliable high-speed internet & phone for business, just $84.99 a month with no term contract required. call the verizon center for customers with disabilities verizon. the hardest working network in business. at 800-974-6006 tty/v.
8:44 am
8:45 am
and we have a very special "your three words" this morning, reaching out to japan. set to the song "set fire to the rain," by adel. >> you will rise.set fire to the ♪ it was dark and i was over ♪ ♪ until you kissed my lips and you saved me ♪ ♪ my hands, they were strong
8:46 am
but my knees ♪ ♪ were far too weak to stand in your arms ♪ ♪ without falling to your feet but there's a side to you ♪ ♪ that i never knew all the things you'd say ♪ ♪ they were never true never true ♪ ♪ and the games you'd play you would always win, always win ♪ ♪ but i set fire to the rain watched it pour ♪ ♪ as i touched your face well it burned while i cried ♪ ♪ 'cause i heard it screaming
8:47 am
out your name, your name ♪ ♪ but i set fire to the rain ♪ ♪ watched it pour as i touched your face ♪ ♪ well it burn ed while i cried ♪ ♪ and it burned and it burned ♪ >> i like that tsunami of prayers. we'll be right back. úcú;ckca/
8:48 am
8:49 am
8:50 am
before we go, we want to get final thoughts from christiane, there in japan, just outside of tokyo, and what she's been witnessing on the ground there. you've been there for a couple of days now. it is nightfall. what is you experiencing, christiane?fall. >> reporter: well, robin, it is really incredible that this country is dealing with a triple-whammy. the earthquake, the tsunami and the radiation. people are concerned about the radiation. they're worried that in the worst-case scenario, it could melt down and leak into the ground. that would be the worst-case scenario. also what's incredible, is this is one of the most technologically advanced countries. the buildings are at such a high code and strict building code, that perhaps the earthquake couldn't have caused so much damage. then, you see this force of
8:51 am
nature, the tsunami, which has obliterated huge swaths, kilometers, hundreds of kilometers of the coastline. and you realize that even the most powerful countries cannot withstand this force of nature. it's remarkable to see. >> it is, christiane. i was struck by one of your first reports that showed parts of tokyo, pretty much, getting back to normal. >> reporter: indeed. tokyo has pretty much gotten back to normal. although, because of the lack of electricity, the government is asking people to conserve. it's stopped train service in the suburbs. and it's asking in every public building for people not to use elevators. not to turn on lights in public spaces. and really to conserve as much as possible. again, this in a country that is so advanced. because of the power was on nuclear power, that is gone. and they have to conserve. >> thank you very much. we'll see you tonight on "world
8:52 am
news." before we leave you now, we want to show you a few of the incredible images from japan. ♪ ♪ ♪
8:53 am
♪ [ male announcer ] did you know that aquafresh iso-active
8:54 am
8:55 am
was just voted product of the year? in a national survey, thousands of americans voted. aquafresh iso-active was the clear winner! we guarantee it will be your favorite, too, or your money back. try aquafresh iso-active. but the nicoderm cq patch gradually steps you down off of nicotine in just three steps, doubling your chances for success. nicoderm cq. 3 steps, 10 weeks and you're free.
8:56 am
thank you for sharing a portion of your monday morning with us. also, watching abc news. we're yaulz online at, to get the latest news from our team in japan. follow us at twitter at "gma." or on facebook. >> there will be a special edition of "world news" with diane sawyer tonight. and we'll have the latest on the disaster, tomorrow on "good morning america." have a good day. now maryland's most powerful doppler radar and the
8:57 am
forecast certified most accurate by weatherate. well the changes of the clock and delay of the sunrise. but we have a glimpse of the sun at naval academy in annapolis and shrouded with clouds that will linger overhead. 40 degrees. winds out of the northwest feels cool and yes a little disturbance to the north producing light snow in central pa providing us with clouds. we will get clouds to break up as we lead towards afternoon. an improvement with more sun and high up around 50. below normal tonight lieding --ing back to 32. -- sliding back to 32. a spring warm upstarted to end of the week and weekend -- warmup starting at the end of the week and weekend. >> reporter: this morning rush hour winding down on a very good note. as we look live at the beltway 695 at harford road, traffic moving well on both loops right now. you are not going to encounter too many major problems or
8:58 am
issues make your way around 695 on the west side we have minor delays, between 795 heading towards the i-70 ept change. we had an earlier accident in pasadena that was on westbound route 100 approaching route 10. that is cleared out of the travel portion and now off to the right shoulder. traffic does slow from about oakwood up in essex a gas main leak affecting the westbound lanes of eastern avenue approaching mesa block the right lane and towsoned a water main break -- towson a water main break. the intersection not mocked but cones are in the roadway. good morning mayland is coming back starting at 9:00. feeding a family of five, it's a challenge. especially with the two growing boys. they just eat and eat and eat. when i go shopping, i look for the specials.
8:59 am
i'm looking for the real deals. i know they're going to save me money and that's something i appreciate. save more with giant's frozen food event. spend $100 in frozen foods through march 24th and get a $25 coupon good on your next order. just use your card and save on practically the whole aisle. i'm saving money at the register, and that really works for me. more savings every time you shop with your giant card.

ABC News Good Morning America
ABC March 14, 2011 7:00am-9:00am EDT

News/Business. (2011) Reports from Cape Town, South Africa, show the fight against devastating communicable diseases. New. (CC)

TOPIC FREQUENCY Japan 16, Sendai 15, Robin 13, America 13, Tokyo 11, Christiane 8, Diane Sawyer 7, Diane 7, New York 6, Maryland 6, U.s. 6, Amanda 4, Christiane Amanpour 4, Advair 4, Los Angeles 4, David Muir 4, Baltimore 3, Annapolis 3, Wade 3, Koriyama 3
Network ABC
Duration 02:00:00
Scanned in Annapolis, MD, USA
Source Comcast Cable
Tuner Channel 78 (549 MHz)
Video Codec mpeg2video
Audio Cocec ac3
Pixel width 528
Pixel height 480
Sponsor Internet Archive
Audio/Visual sound, color

disc Borrow a DVD of this show
info Stream Only
Uploaded by
TV Archive
on 4/18/2011